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Growing your business

North Hertfordshire has always been a great place for business, and with over 5000 companies based here, North Herts Council looks to provide as much help as possible for companies in our district.

Funding to support the Hertfordshire economy and businesses is channelled through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) into programmes and projects designed specifically to address the issues faced by Hertfordshire companies. Whether you’re just starting out with a new business idea, or already established and looking to grow, there is help available to support what your business needs.

Business start-up

Free support to help new businesses including workshops, one-to-one advice, incubation workspace and grants

Contact: WENTA info@wenta.co.uk 01438 310150 www.wenta.co.uk/hertsstartup

Growth and exporting

Projects to help companies with: overcoming barriers to growth, developing innovation, getting help with exporting, harnessing graduate talent and build links with academic expertise

Contact: Hertfordshire Growth Hub will put you in touch with the right scheme for your business: enquiries@hertsgrowthhub.com 0844 725 5575 www.hertsgrowthhub.com

Sectors

There are specific projects to help particularly supply chain companies involved with life sciences, film and screen industries, manufacturing, and low carbon solutions in the built environment

Contact: Hertfordshire Growth Hub will put you in touch with the right scheme for your business: enquiries@hertsgrowthhub.com 0844 725 5575 www.hertsgrowthhub.com

Energy efficiency grants and support

The Low Carbon Business Support programme is open to applications from businesses in North Herts looking to take their first steps to reduce their carbon emissions, as well as those who have actively started their low carbon journey.

Starting with an in-depth business diagnostic, which will help identify key areas of support required, the programme then follows an intensive pathway of support to help pull together a low carbon action plan. The main support offer is an extensive free workshop programme focused on key energy related topics, low carbon technology overviews, as well as case study presentations, all delivered by experts in their field.

Contact: LowCarbon-BSP@deytonbell.com. Eligibility criteria applies. This programme is funded by the ERDF and is delivered in partnership by Cambridgeshire County Council, PECT and Deyton Bell Ltd.

Low Carbon Workspaces grants are available from £1,000 - £5,000 to help fund a third of the cost of projects at commercial premises that reduce energy usage or carbon emissions. Fundable projects include LED lighting, solar PV panels, heating upgrades and insulation/glazing. These interventions are a great way for your business to decarbonise, to save money on energy bills, and to help achieve your net zero goals. Grants cannot be paid retrospectively so it is essential to apply before undertaking work or appointing suppliers.

Contact: www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk or email info@lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk.

Skills for growth

Free training and development to help businesses upskill their workforce

Contact: SEETEC herts.employers@seetec.co.uk 0800 389 1999 www.seetec.co.uk

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP) gives students, employers and residents access to the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.

Skills advice for SMEs

Information, advice and guidance for SMEs around skills planning

Contact: Hertfordshire Growth Hub will put you in touch with the right scheme for your business: enquiries@hertsgrowthhub.com 0844 725 5575 www.hertsgrowthhub.com

Help for individuals

There is also more help for people trying to get into work, or those wanting to develop new skills to get new jobs: